JAMES CARROLL KEMPNER
JAMES CARROLL KEMPNER was born on July 25, 1939 in Houston, Texas and passed away at home early Wednesday morning, January 11, 2017. Jim (Pops) was the youngest of two born to Isaac Herbert Kempner and Mary Carroll Kempner (now both deceased.) Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sharon Miller Kempner and their children James Carroll Kempner, II and his wife Jennifer Bussian Kempner and Carroll (Ceci) Kempner Goldstone and her husband Michael Louis Goldstone, Bonnie Rubey McMurtry and her husband Lucian Lee McMurty, III, Karen Rubey Devlin and her husband Mark Anthony Devlin, Robert Bonner Rubey and his wife Meagan Groothius Rubey and ten grandchildren, James McIntire Kempner, Robert Carroll Kempner, Mary Frances Kempner, Samuel Jerome Goldstone, Isaac McIntire Goldstone, Eleanor Bonner Bering, Wyatt Katherine Rubey, Miller Stearman Rubey, Molly Nicole McMurtry , Abby Alyse McMurtry, and his brother, Isaac Herbert (Denny) Kempner, III and his wife Helen (Sissy) Kempner.
He graduated from Choate in Wallingford, Connecticut, and earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College (1961) and an M.B.A. from Stanford University (1966). Jim was a graduate of officer candidate school in Newport, Rhode Island and was later based at the Naval Air Station, Port Lyautey, Kenitra, Morocco.
Jim served as an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Holly Corp. from 1988 to 1993 and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2001. Before focusing on the family sugar business, he served for more than 10 years in several executive positions at Pogo Producing Company, including Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. His career also includes nine years of investment banking experience at Lehman Brothers in the oil services industry. Jim served as a Director of Magellan Midstream Partners, LP from 2006 to 2015. He served as a Director of Bouygues Offshore S.A. from 1997 to 2002. Jim was on the board of FotoFest & YES Prep.
Jim will always be remembered as a gentleman, with astute business sense as well as a wonderful sense of humor. Jim had varied interests as a pilot, hunter, fly fisherman, photographer, architect, artist and chef. Jim loved his family with whom he traveled the world and shared his enthusiasm for adventure. A Francophile, Jim learned French later in life and enjoyed spending time with friends and family traveling and taking cooking classes throughout the South of France.
The family wishes to thank Theresa Sauceda and Kelly Schaffer for their dedication and care during Jim’s illness.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to:
Texas Lab Rescue, texaslabrescue.org
Habitat For Horses, P.O. Box 213, Hitchcock, Texas 77563